Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security)



The Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program includes advanced work in information technology with a specialization in cyber security. The focus of the program is on the development of concepts, knowledge and skills that enables successful participants to become experts in the area of information security, internet crime prevention, and digital crime investigation. The goal of this program is to develop highly qualified technical experts to meet the demands of the national, regional and international workplace for information and network security.

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Program Recognition

  • The program is approved by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Furthermore, some of the undergraduate programs offered by the College of Technological Innovation are accredited by:


Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security)

Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students take an intensive one-day orientation seminar. The orientation offers a number of workshops to introduce students to the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.


The curriculum is designed to combine a rich theoretical foundation with a strong laboratory component to provide students with lifelong learning capabilities and marketable skills for today‘s job market. The computer laboratory facilities supporting many of the courses consist of the state-of-the-art equipment, combining the best of breed in hardware and software platforms. The aim is to give students a first-hand experience with many of the tools in demand today.

Students have the option to choose between a thesis and a non-thesis study track. In the thesis study track, students work on a research topic throughout two courses. Students choosing the thesis study track will gain essential research skills to support their academic careers. In the non-thesis study track, the two research courses are replaced with two courses focusing on the technical and management aspects of security. Students choosing the non-thesis study track will enrich their cyber security skills from the technical and management perspectives.

 Year One

  • SEC501 Research Methods for Cybersecurity
  • SEC505 Information Security
  • SEC510 Information Security, Policy, Ethics and Law
  • SEC530 Cyber Forensics
  • SEC515 Network and Internet Security

Year Two

  • SEC538 Small Scale Digital Device Forensics
  • SEC575 Cyber Criminal Behavior
  • SEC520 Information Security Management

Thesis Track

  • SEC600 Thesis (3 Credit Hours)
  • SEC600 Thesis (3 credit hours)

Non-Thesis Track

  • SEC540 Database and Enterprise Security
  • SEC545 Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

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Course Delivery

Course Duration

The program is delivered in English over a period of 4 semesters at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and/or Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

The in-class room instruction for each course is conducted face-to-face during two evenings on either Sunday and Tuesday, or Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. over a period of five weeks.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of our website.


  • Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities.
  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university.
  • IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0 or an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT.
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently working in the information technology or related fields.
  • An admissions interview is required.

For more information on the admission requirements and application procedure, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.

Program Cost

AED 96,000 (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the ICT Fund scholarship and the application process please visit the Graduate Student Support section of our website.

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website. 

Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a Master's degree.


ZU"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to study and work in the field of cyber security. I chose to enroll in Zayed University’s internationally accredited Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program because of the institution’s excellent academic reputation. I was also drawn to the curriculum taught by highly qualified, experienced faculty in outstanding facilities. There are good opportunities to network and to develop personally. These combined factors makes me looking forward to every class lecture."

Musaab Mohammad Saleh Hasan
Cohort 10
Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security)

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